Four Ways Out | Chicago Reader

Four Ways Out

This 1951 Italian crime film, directed by Pietro Germi, is an engaging, mostly successful combination of American film noir and Italian neorealism. Four nonprofessional burglars hold up a soccer stadium during a game; they separate as the police pursue them, and Germi follows their subsequent lives as they try to elude capture. Rather than turning this into a tight, fatalistic trap, like its more mechanistic American counterparts, Germi concentrates on character psychology, giving a good feel for why they committed the holdup (one is an embittered ex-soccer player, others are merely poor) and the pressure of being pursued. Coscripted by Federico Fellini, the film also features a taut performance by a young Gina Lollobrigida. 83 min.

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